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Nanda: Recovering Boardwalk Empire fanatic, history fangirl. Pagan and occasionally politically minded. You have been warned.
So I’ve been looking through a bunch of my art books lately as part of a book downsizing effort. I stumbled across this painting in one of them (Painters of Reality, which is online and searchable here) and thought it might be of interest to the readership here, because of the woman in the center. I’m not sure if this is actually the right kind of thing for this blog, and sadly I am not able to offer any info other than that the artist is Giacomo Ceruti and that the painting is thought to be from the 1720s.
"I row 16 kilometers per day. A few weeks ago, I was in Germany for the Junior World Championships. My goal is to make the Olympics one day. But it can be tough to compete with the European countries. We don’t have the gym equipment that they have. And they practice with actual racing boats. We only get to use the racing boats during the race."
There’s an exhibition on in Singapore now called China Mania!: The Global Passion for Porcelain, 800-1900. It features porcelain works made by Chinese kilns for customers in Europe, the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia and Japan, including a fair number of representations of Europeans (plus one of Persians!).
This one comes from the kilns in the county of Dehua, in Fujian Province. Turns out there was a whole industry of manufacturing statuettes of people in Western dress for export.
For some reason, this artist seems to believe that the average European family owns not only a dog, but also - on the bottom right - a monkey.